I’ve realized as I’ve gotten older, my favorite holidays have undergone a shift. As a kid, it was all about Christmas and Halloween. Those were the holidays I looked forward to because I got presents and candy. Now, as my focus has changed from material items — things — to the people in my life, I’ve come to love a kick-ass Thanksgiving meal with friends and family.
This Thanksgiving, my wife, Kendall, and I were in charge of stuffing. Kendall confessed: “I don’t really like stuffing — never really have.”
She’s not a bread person. But stuffing was on the Mount Rushmore of Thanksgiving dishes, I said. We couldn’t leave it out. So, we compromised, and what happened as a result still has my stomach rumbling at the thought of it.
I wanted to share this recipe not only because it's mouth-watering, but because it complements a healthy eating plan for people like me who live with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), with its base of butternut squash instead of bread. Butternut squash is good for bone health and immune system function, and this dish is one great and festive way to experience it.
And believe me: This is not a dish that needs to be reserved just for Thanksgiving. It’s good anytime.